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Miller Barber
Birth: Mar. 31, 1931
Shreveport
Caddo Parish
Louisiana, USA
Death: Jun. 11, 2013, USA

Professional Golfer. He is remembered as a player who enjoyed significant success on the Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) Tour in the 1960s and 1970s, and a greater degree of success on the Senior PGA Tour (now called the Champions Tour) in the 1980s. Nicknamed "Mr. X," he played with an unusual looped backswing/downswing, but squared up very consistently through impact. Born Miller Westford Barber, Jr., he graduated from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas in 1954. He then served in the US Air Force and turned professional in 1959, winning his first PGA Tour event in 1964. He notched 11 PGA Tour wins in total in his career but did not win a major championship, with the closest being in 1969 at the US Open at Houston, where he held a three-shot lead over the field after three rounds, but finished three shots behind winner Orville Moody. The same year he entered the final round of the Masters Tournament two shots out of the lead and was paired in Sunday's final group but ended up finishing in 7th place. In 1969 and 1971 he played on the Ryder Cup team and in 1971 he was ranked sixth on the McCormack rankings. In 1973 he won the longest regulation tournament in PGA Tour history, a 144-hole affair at the World Open Golf Championship, played at Pinehurst Country Club in North Carolina, and won it by three strokes over Ben Crenshaw. In 1981 he became eligible to play on the Senior PGA Tour and was one of the dominant players on the Tour throughout the 1980s, competing on even terms with players who had had much more distinguished earlier careers, such as Lee Trevino and Arnold Palmer. His 24 wins on the Tour included five senior majors, with three of them US Senior Opens. During his golfing career he notched 41 professional wins and as of his death he holds the record for combined PGA Tour and Championship Tour starts at 1,297. He died of lymphoma at the age of 82. (bio by: William Bjornstad) 
 
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Record added: Jun 12, 2013
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- MosherSt.Munger
 Added: Jun. 11, 2014
Blessed Be
- cemstar
 Added: Dec. 23, 2013
Forever loved, forever missed. Rest in Peace, Miller Barber
- Quack_Quack
 Added: Dec. 3, 2013
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